This Week in RED-S: March 20, 2023
Welcome back to This Week in RED-S, a semi-regular installment on Out of the RED-S that brings you media under the umbrella of RED-S. You can find websites, podcasts, and articles we have recently discovered here. Feel free to pick and choose which you explore further. Subscribe to never miss it!
The science of low energy availability and performance.
Read this article for a no bull treatise on the science of low energy availability (which is the cause of RED-S) on short-term, medium-term, and long-term health. Even better, it was released on Pi Day, which is arguably the second best holiday after Mol Day (10/23).
Intermittent fasting and endurance athletes.
Have you ever considered intermittent fasting? Take a look at this quick read for an evidence-based framework as to why this is NOT the diet for endurance athletes.
If you're looking for a good Instagram follow, check out Keely Henninger. She's an all-around superhero in the running world, where she slays on the trails and advocates for better fueling for performance and health. I don't know Keely, but if an Internet fairy can connect me, it would be a dream!
RED-S isn't just for runners.
Cyclists might even be at higher risk for RED-S because the low-impact nature of the sport means they can train for quite some time before RED-S-induced injuries arise; therefore cyclists might be at lower energy availability before they notice the signs of RED-S. Read this blog post by pro-cyclist Kaia Schmid to learn how she finally noticed RED-S when her performance tanked--and then what she did to come back stronger.